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School Counseling

M.S. in Counseling & PPS Credential

Undergraduate Program Graduate Program Concentration Focus Online Hybrid

The School Counseling Program is a 2-year, 64-unit Master of Science in Counseling degree with a specialization in School Counseling and the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential for School Counseling.

Program Mission

The mission of the SDSU School Counseling program is to prepare school counselors to become leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in our diverse schools. As an integral part of the total educational program for student success, school counselors learn to design, develop, implement and evaluate their comprehensive school counseling program to ensure that every student receives developmentally appropriate competencies in academic, career and personal/social development.

School counselors become professional student advocates who promote equity and access to a rigorous education for every student and who work to prevent and remove barriers to learning. Our graduates develop themselves as culturally sustaining leaders in educational transformation and social justice in the schools and communities they serve.

Program Design

The program consists of 2 years of full-time graduate study for a 64-unit Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling and the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential for School Counseling. Students begin taking courses in summer prior to the fall semester.

  • First-year students have class onsite in schools a minimum of 1 day per week.
  • Second-year students are on school sites a minimum of 2 full days per week.

Sequence of Study

The sequence of study shown below is for full-time students. 64 units total.

In addition to classes, students are also required to work in different schools sites immediately upon starting the program. With the help of a site supervisor, students are able to develop their counseling skills and focus on student's academic, personal/social, and career development.


  • ED 690. Methods of Inquiry (3 units)
  • CSP 620. Foundations of the Professional School Counselor Leader (3 units)

YEAR 1: FALL (15 units)

  • CSP​ ​600.​ ​Cross-Cultural Counseling Communication Skills (2 units)
  • CSP​ ​600L.​ ​Cross-Cultural Counseling Pre-Practicum (1 unit)
  • CSP​ ​610C​. ​Determinants of Human Behavior: Development (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​615.​ ​Seminar in Multicultural Dimensions in Counseling (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​630.​ Social Justice and Holistic School (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​740.​ ​Practicum: Schools (3 units)

YEAR 1: SPRING (15 units)

  • CSP​ ​601​. ​Theoretical Foundations of Counseling (3 units)
  • ​CSP​ ​624.​ Learning, Achievement and Instruction for School Counselors (3 unit)
  • ​CSP​ ​670.​ ​Theory and Process of Group Counseling (3 units)
  • 680 Consultation with Parents and Teachers for School Counselors (3 units) 
  • CSP​ ​740.​ ​Practicum: Schools (3 units)

YEAR 2 FALL (15 units)

  • CSP​ ​645.​ College Planning & Career Development P16 (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​730.​ ​Fieldwork in School Counseling (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​769.​ The Achievement Gap: Leadership, Advocacy and Systemic Change (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​775.​ ASCA Model I: Program Development (3 units)
  • CSP 742. Policy, Politics, Law & Ethics for School Counselors (3 units) 

YEAR 2: SPRING (13 units)

  • CSP​ ​710A.​ ​Professional Seminar: School Counseling (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​730.​ ​Fieldwork in School Counseling (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​762.​ ​Prevention, Crisis Intervention, and Conflict Resolution in Schools (3 units)
  • CSP​ ​776.​ ASCA Model II: Program Evaluation (3 units)
  • CSP 689. Family Counseling in Schools (1 unit) 


See Our Faculty for information about and contact information for our faculty and lecturers.


Important Resources

  • Tuition cost
    Unit prices are subject to change. Visit the Office of Admissions Estimated Cost of Attendance page for the latest information.
  • Financial aid
    All courses are eligible for Financial Aid. Contact the SDSU Financial Aid Office and speak to a financial aid officer familiar with loans for special programs.

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